Monday, Jan. 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: The heaviest rain and strongest winds came early yesterday, followed by a short bout of dry conditions late morning through the afternoon. High temps were in the mid-50s. Showers kicked-in again just before sunset and continued during the evening with scattered clouds and southwest winds 15-25 mph. Everything settled down after midnight as skies cleared and the mercury dipped slightly to 45-50F. Early this morning satellite images showed the Central Coast in a clear space sandwiched between two fair-sized weather systems, the one that just left and the next one headed this way.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/50F/23mph/0.67”
Depoe Bay: 52F/47F/29mph/0.79”
A Hazardous Weather Outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast. A vigorous low pressure area will move onshore midday Tuesday, with a strong cold front moving across the region later Tuesday morning into the early afternoon. Locally heavy rains are possible, but the main concern will be winds. Gusty south winds will develop, with gusts 40 to 50 mph likely on open beaches and headlands of the Central Oregon Coast as well as the higher ridges of the Coast Range. Another strong front will arrive on Thursday, but will produce more in the way of rainfall. At this point, there is good potential for 2 to 5 inches of rain late Wednesday night through Thursday evening. With rivers currently slowly rising, the additional rainfall may push a few rivers to bank-full, possibly even close to flood stage. Rain continues at times Friday through the coming weekend.
Forecast: While National Weather Service predictions are for a seven-day extended period, some of the commercial weather services project conditions out to two weeks. Those longer-range predictions are now showing some amount of precipitation falling on the Central Coast every single day through January 31st. Today begins dry and relatively clear, but that facade vanishes this afternoon when the next storm system arrives with rain, southerly winds 20-25 mph gusting 40 and a high around 50F. Rain tonight, low 45F. The rain turns to showers and a chance of thunderstorms tomorrow, up to an inch of precipitation is expected, breezy, and a high of 50F. Outlook as noted above is extremely wet and quite windy right on through the weekend with seasonal temperatures.
Travel: Highway 20 Note… Beginning today, travelers in the area of US Highway 20 at Milepost 16 near Eddyville should expect safety delays of up to 20 minutes while trees are felled and removed. All work that will impact traffic will be done during daylight hours on Monday through Thursday between 9:00am and 4:00pm, and on Fridays 9:00am until noon. The work is expected to be completed by the end of February.
In the Coast Range, there’s damp pavement and 40F in the passes this morning; partly sunny early, rain later today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog this morning, rain this afternoon, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers turning to rain, east winds gusting 25 mph, a high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow cover this morning with temps about 30F, carry chains or traction tires; partial clearing early, a chance of snow showers later, the snow level is 3,500 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is rain at the lower elevations, but occasional snow in the Cascade passes tonight with 3-6 inches accumulation.
Marine: The breeze has eased to S 15-20 knots this morning but seas remain rough and square, 14 feet at 14 seconds. Small Craft Advisories for winds and hazardous seas are in effect through this evening within 10 miles of shore. Farther out, a Gale Warning is in effect from 10:00am through this evening. S winds rising to 20-30 knots today gusting 35-40 with combined seas 13-16 feet at 14-15 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30, swells 14-16 feet. Outlook is for S winds 20-25 knots and 11 foot swells Wednesday, S winds 25-30 knots Thursday, combined seas 19 feet, and southerlies 10-15 knots Friday with swells holding at 19 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain developing, breezy, surf 10-15 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/18 Mon 06:54 AM 9.05 H
01/18 Mon 01:48 PM 1.18 L
01/18 Mon 08:09 PM 6.37 H
01/19 Tue 01:19 AM 3.24 L
In Short: Partial clearing, rain, windy, then continued wet and windy.